Photo's courtesy of Bolton Museums
St George's Church was consecrated in 1796. It stood
then in the midst of meadows with green hedgerows and singing birds about
it, on the rise between where the river croal once ran and the hill to
Lark Hill was to the west with Green Hill between Lark Hill and the church.
When the St George's National Sunday School were built at the top of what
is now Bath st, the rise thereabouts and beyond became known as School
170 years ago the only other buildings on the Hill were the School Hill
Chemical Works, later to become a mortuary and foundry, and School Hill
House, standing in it's timbered grounds about where the Rainforth Hotel
The only street on the hill developed between the schools and Prince st.
It was John Rainforth, a native of Yorkshire, after whom the Rainforth
hotel was named, who built the School Hill Chemical Works.
He was an oil of vitriol, soap and bleaching powder manufacturer, and
also became a medical practitioner, with premises in Bridge st and Market
st. He died in 1857 at the age of 78
He was a corporal in the Bolton Light Horse Volunteers.
The curiously stepped houses that was opposite the Rainforth Hotel were
built at the beginning of the 1900s.
When we moved from Plover St to School Hill. I didn't want to leave
St Marks, and had to catch 2 buses to get there.
Kevin James Mcclusky Class of 1970
Below is an extract from a newspaper, the year is
SHORTLY after ten o'clock last night, the inhabitants of School Hill were
alarmed by cries of 'Murder!', 'Police!' followed by the noise of persons
running at a rapid rate through the streets. On the neighbours entering
the streets to ascertain the cause of the alarm, a man was seen hurrying
in the direction of the Rainforth Hotel, in pursuit of a couple of men.
It seems that Roger Toohey, of 44, School Hill, labourer for Mr James
Holden, Arrowsmith Terrace, was sitting by the fireside along with his
wife, and they were about to retire to rest, when they were startled by
a series of loud kicks at the door. Toohey rushed out, and had gained
the middle of the street, when one of two men, who appeared to be acting
in concert, knocked him down with his fist, and whilst the man lay upon
the ground he was savagely kicked on the head and face by his assailants,
sustaining several cuts from which blood flowed freely. Mrs Toohey, hearing
her husband's cries for assistance, ran, poker in hand, to her husband,
but she had no sooner reached him than one of the ruffians wrenched the
poker from her grasp and dealt her a blow on the side of the head, felling
her to the floor. The men then ran away, followed by Toohey, but they
succeeding in eluding him. The perpetrators of this outrage are described
as being well-built young fellows, and apparently respectably dressed.
We believe kicking at the house doors is a common practice in the neighbourhood.
It is to be hoped the guilty parties will soon be in the hands of the
Ex St Marks School/Church
Karen Jane McClusky, Kevin James McClusky,